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Brach’s Classic Jelly Bird Eggs Make Every Day Feel Like Easter

Friday, January 21st, 2011 by Becca Droz
Brach's Jelly Bird Eggs

Brach’s Peacock Eggs and Jelly Bird Eggs have long been Easter Classics and are considered by many to be the best jelly beans available.

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 9

Convenience: 5

Novelty: 7

Overall: 7

The Jelly Bird lays the eggs, the humans collect the eggs by the millions and put them in colorful bags to sell to more humans to enjoy.

The Brach’s depiction of the Jelly Bird is seen on the front of the bag of eggs and it isn’t what I would expect a Jelly Bird to look like. The elusive egg layer looks more like a Jelly Bunny from my perspective, but I just assume that in the Jelly World things are different and the Jelly Bird has bunny ears.

Regardless of who lays these eggs, they are an Easter time favorite and even enjoyed by many before and after Easter comes around. The eggs have a hard, but not quite crunch outer candy shell that holds the chewier jelly candy inside.

Eight colors fill the bag and thus, eight flavors. Choose your favorite from grape, lemon, lime, orange, cherry, raspberry, licorice, or the one of a kind vanilla-pineapple flavor. Mmmm, mmmmm, Easter… thanks Jelly Bird.

Sources:

http://www.farleysandsathers.com/Products/ProductDetail.asp?uid=1117

The Elusive Caramel Tootsie Roll Pop

Monday, January 10th, 2011 by Becca Droz

 

Sharability: 1

Denture Danger: 9

Convenience: 10

Novelty: 9

Overall: 10

I predict that this Limited Edition Caramel Tootsie Roll Pop won’t be limited for long. The caramel flavor is perfect for the Tootsie Roll Pop and I am just wondering what took them so long to create this flavor.In my humble opinion the caramel flavor is the tastiest flavor of all Tootsie Roll Pops.

I noticed that I don’t usually look at the Tootsie Roll Pop wrapper. Since I was treating this as a new candy I took a gander at the wrapper and there is a lot going on there.

Pictures of little kids playing with balls, swimming, playing tennis and marbles, driving cars, riding bikes and skateboards, if I didn’t know better I’d think that it was the wrapper of some sort of power bar for kids.

I guess the same kinds of kids that like to be active and play sports are the kinds of kids that like Tootsie Roll Pops.

The Inconspicuous French Burnt Peanuts

Friday, September 17th, 2010 by Becca Droz
The Inconspicuous French Burnt Peanuts

The Inconspicuous French Burnt Peanuts

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 8

Convenience: 5

Novelty: 7

Overall: 7

 Judging by the name of this candy combined with the aesthetics, I would say that the French have an odd peanut burning procedure. The peanuts in this candy seem to be more-so coated in a lumpy red sugary shell than burnt in any way, but the taste tells another story.

I think that these peanuts have not only been disguised as some sort of geological unit from Mars, but the peanut inside definitely tastes burnt. The French must have found a way inside of the alien eggs, burnt the peanuts, and then sealed them back up with some sort of sortilège (magic spell). The possibilities the universe has to offer never ceases to blow my mind!

These strange red ovals of extremely crunchy candy have the perfect sweet, to salty, to burntness ratio of tastes that make it one of the Willy Wonka of Candyfavorites.com’s favorite candies. Yes, you heard me correctly, Jon Prince, the man himself (who you might be surprised to hear does not eat a whole lot of candy) recommends the French Burnt Peanuts.

Eat Cinnamon Bears and Chew Away Cares

Monday, September 13th, 2010 by Becca Droz
Cinnamon Bears are tasty and fun to eat...

Cinnamon Bears are one of our best selling unwrapped bulk candies and nothing beats their spicy flavor!

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 10

Convenience: 7

Novelty: 6

Overall: 7

 I have eaten cinnamon bears in the past and they have not been quite the same as these. To be honest, I thought I had already written a blog on the cinnamon bears that I had eaten in the past, but I guess that was one of those candies that I just ate without writing a blog… oops.

Since this is the second kind of cinnamon bear that I’ve eaten, it’s virtually impossible not to compare. These cinnamon bears have a much softer consistency than the other bears; these ones are much less dense. In being softer they also stick to your teeth more, thus earning a rating of ten in “Denture danger.”

These bears also have more of a fiery cinnamon kick than the other bears that I ate. This is quite a little product that we’re working with here, cinnamon bears. Don’t ask me why the big hit cinnamon candy is in the shape of a bear, I’ve never really seen any prior connection between the two. Despite the dissimilarity of cinnamon and bears, they converge to make quite a tasty, fun loving little gummy candy.
 

 

Zotz Shocks Lots

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 by Becca Droz
Zotz Candy

Zotz Candy are a retro favorite and their sour, fizzy center is sure to surprise and delight!

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 2

Convenience: 10

Novelty: 9

Overall: 10

I had never heard of this Zotz candy before so I was a bit wary at first glance. The package looks quite generic, each individually wrapped piece of hard candy simply says “Zotz Grape” or lemon, cherry, apple, watermelon or orange. Upon looking it through the technological wizardry of the boundless internet I was surprised to find out that these Zotz weren’t the new school candy I expected, I was about to delve into a retro candy that was enjoyed before my time in the 1980s.

As soon as this little candy hit my tongue I felt a shabam of tang and as I waited patiently I tasted a strange flavor that soon turned sweet and was enhanced as the little sour fizzy sugars began shooting out of the little hole on the side of the candy. I imagined that there was some sort of fan inside the candy blowing the little sugars into my mouth; they continued pouring out for minutes!

I was so pleasantly surprised with this Zotz candy, but I do have a warning for you. Unless you want an explosion of acidic tasting fizz filling your mouth, resist the urge to bite into the candy. There is a lot more fizzy chemical in there than you think and the abundance of it makes the taste overwhelmingly unpleasant and I believe it is a waste of a good piece of candy.

When the chemical mixes with your saliva a reaction takes place and when you bite into the candy you are letting the puddle of that chemical reaction take place on your tongue.

Zotz are a great way to surprise your friends with a candy that creates for an experience that exceeds any and all expectations.

Some people aren’t sure about how they feel about Zotz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoW9Psqur6A

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZotZ_%28Candy%29

Sno Caps of Milk Chocolate Non Pareils are “without equal”!

Monday, August 30th, 2010 by Becca Droz
Sno Caps or mini milk chocolate nonpareils are mini mountains of chocolate!

Sno Caps or mini milk chocolate nonpareils are mini mountains of chocolate guaranteed to please!

Sharability: 9

Denture Danger: 2

Convenience: 3

Novelty: 5

Overall: 7

 This dark chocolate dome shaped candy with little white beads of sugar coating the top is known by many as, the snowcap. The snowflakes of sugar and starch are what are called non pareils, in French meaning, “Without Equal.”

The Non Pareils really make this simple disc of chocolate into a marketable product. Just like every kid pumps adrenaline for sprinkles on his/her ice cream, people love sugar sprinkle beads on their chocolate.

 For such a simple generic chocolate candy that I really can’t whip up much to write about, it is pretty darn popular and garsh darn, just as tasty. The Snowcap is one of those candies where the bag empties itself before you had a chance to even consider wrapping it up for later, in which case you can pour a good bite of purely Non Pareils (that have shed from Snowcaps) into your mouth.

All we are saying is Give Brachs Lemon Drops a chance

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 by Becca Droz
Gourmet Brachs Lemon Drops Candy

We offer many varieties of Lemon Drops including the hard to find ones made by Brachs. Whatever you choose, you are sure to find the tart flavor refreshing!

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 8 (unless you can resist the chew)

Convenience: 3

Novelty: 5

Overall: 7.5

I have had a strange experience with this Brach’s Lemon Drop. When I first began tasting the sandpaper texture across my tongue I couldn’t wait to begin a rant about bashing that you will see in a later blog on a candy that deserves it.

As I patiently gave the candy another chance, my opinion changed drastically. I no longer wanted to bash this Lemon Drop, I wanted to rep’ it. The texture is like no other and some people are even bound to think it is the best Lemon Drop candy they have ever tasted!

When the slight tang that is brought by the sandpaper around the outside of this egg shaped yellow candy wears away, the lemon comes on smooth in a sweet mild flavor.

Yellow, lemon shaped, sour, sweet; there aren’t many more adjectives that describe this simple Lemon Drop candy.

Candy Blox: Build and Eat, it Can’t Be Beat

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 by Becca Droz
Candy Blox are just like Lego

Candy Blox are ideal for any budding architect or for anyone who enjoys playing with Lego's!

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 3

Convenience: 8

Novelty: 9

Overall: 7

 I know that one of my favorite activities as a child was building with LEGOs. With a box of LEGOs the possibilities were endless. You could make any type of house or boat or spaceship and play with it and modify it in any way. Now you can not only stack your LEGO shaped blocks, but you can eat them too!

 The blocks come in different colors and thus different flavors and they also come in different sizes and thus you can choose the size of the piece of candy you want without breaking or biting.

 I would be lying if I said that the candy’s taste matches up equally with how fun it is, but the sweet grainy sugar blocks are just not the greatest tasting candies. Each color has a distinct flavor and those flavors are entirely too sweet for my taste.

These candy blocks would make for a great birthday party activity for young kids. With a big bucket of these blocks, a room of kids could have the time of their lives. The blocks actually stick quite well together; the kids build their towers and after they have already gotten all of their germs and all of their friends’ germs all over their beautiful candy block tower they can call off the bulldozers and munch down on their creation.

Stretchy, Sticky, Sugary Sweet Sour Punch Straws

Thursday, August 12th, 2010 by Becca Droz
Stretchy, Sticky, Sugary Sweet Sour Punch Straws

Stretchy, Sticky, Sugary Sweet Sour Punch Straws

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 7

Convenience: 4

Novelty: 6

Overall: 6

Sour Punch Straws have always caught my eye as a candy that I look forward to eating, but the actual act of eating the sour straws is never quite what my mind worked it up to be.

When I bite into the jelly straws covered in sour sugar I feel it in my teeth. I don’t know if it is the abundance of sugar or the texture or what, but biting into the sour straws hurts my teeth. When a candy is painful to eat, it is hard to enjoy it, whether or not it tastes good.

I’d say that this is definitely a recommendable candy so long as it doesn’t cause you discomfort to eat. The sourness produced by a taste of this candy is approved by my standards and I am usually unimpressed with the degree of sour in most candies that are marketed as “sour.”

Since so many straws come in each package, this candy is quite sharable, and if you don’t want to give someone a full straw, they would be ungrateful to be disappointed with a half straw. Share the Sour Punch Straws amongst your own taste buds and your friends’ taste buds and thank the American Licorice Company for making the experience possible.

Sources:

http://www.sourpunch.com/#/q_a

http://www.americanlicorice.com/ourCandy/sourPunch.aspx

Chill Out with Angel Mints

Monday, August 9th, 2010 by Becca Droz
Chill Out With Angel Mints

Chill Out With Angel Mints

Sharability: 2

Denture Danger: 2

Convenience: 9

Novelty: 10

Overall: 10

These Angel Mints really do seem to come from heaven. Not only does the smooth peppermint taste complement the airy melt in your mouth consistency of this chalky cylinder, but it has also been categorized as providing palliative therapy.

Palliative therapy is not a way to provide a cure for any diseases or disorders, but instead is used to enhance the quality of life and to provide comfort to patients. Other forms of palliative therapy are humor, massages, aromatherapy, and anything that helps to smooth out the mental energies, which in turn makes smooth the physical.

If Angel Mints can provide palliative therapy, then why wouldn’t all candy do the same? Peppermint oil is the answer. Studies have proven that peppermint oil is not only a calming agent but it reduces muscle spasms, heartburn, diarrhea, nausea and indigestion. These Angel Mints have been known to be very helpful for people undergoing chemotherapy treatment because the Angel Mints helps to them with a pleasant taste their mouths. These mints “treat the person, not the disease.”

Angel Mints were first distributed on the New Jersey Boardwalk in 1919. The K-H Machines used to cut the candy and wrap each piece in cellophane date back to 1915. As World War I raged, Angel Mints were first hitting the market and have now been calming people down for over 90 years.

Sources:

http://www.angelmint.com